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Nut Meat Tacos with Pickled Red Onions

These simple meatless tacos with nuts and sundried tomatoes are a unique twist on the classic weeknight meal, but still deliver traditional taco flavor with spicy chili powder and smoky paprika . Top with pickled red onions, cotija cheese and fresh cilantro for a dish you and your family will love.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min (includes pickling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 tacos (2 per person)
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2 tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Kosher salt

1/2 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup walnuts

1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

8 corn tortillas

1/4 cup cotija or vegan cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


  1. Put the sugar, 3/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon salt into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the sugar and salt have dissolved and the mixture is just about to boil, turn off the heat and add the sliced red onion. Allow the mixture to sit in the pot for 15 minutes, then transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes, or up to overnight.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the almonds, walnuts, sundried tomatoes, soy sauce, chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic and the remaining tablespoon red wine vinegar until the mixture is crumbled, about 30 pulses. (It should resemble the texture of ground beef.)
  3. Place a medium skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Transfer the taco mixture to the skillet and cook until it is warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Warm the tortillas according to the package instructions. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the taco mixture. Garnish with the pickled red onion, cotija cheese, cilantro and lime wedges.